In the Midst of an Urban Environment, Mason on Mariposa Strives to Create True Neighborhood Feel

Mason on Mariposa, San Francisco, Related California, David Baker Architects, BAR Architects, Fletcher Studios
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By Meghan Hall

Potrero Hill is one of San Francisco’s most popular neighborhoods, and with its mix of Victorian-era homes and condominiums and parks, is a bit of a break from the highly urban environment of downtown San Francisco. Related California, the developer behind the 239-unit Mason on Mariposa, hopes to provide its new residents with this continued respite. Designed in manner described as “urban-meets-neighborhood-living,” the development features 65,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenity space that meant to highlight, luxury lifestyle living.

“We sought to create a true neighborhood living environment that blends with the surrounding buildings, fosters a sense of community, and combines the best aspects of luxury urban living with lush natural landscape,” explained Steven Oh, senior vice president of development at Related California. “…Mason on Mariposa delivers a quintessential San Francisco living experience with its charming tree-lined streets, stunning views of the city skyline and Bay Bridge, a warm micro-climate, spaciousness and walkability, and boutique local businesses.”

According to Oh, Related was initially attracted to the property located at 1601 Mariposa Street, because it is not only one of the most desirable neighborhoods in San Francisco, but because it is an established residential community equipped with a strong, 18th Street retail corridor and increasingly vibrant commercial scene. Potrero Hill, continued Oh, is also easily accessible to Silicon Valley thanks to its proximity to Interstate 280 and State Route 101.

The development’s units are a mix of studio, one-, two-bedroom and three-bedroom units ranging from $3,575 per month to $7,795 per month. The apartments feature private terraces, wide plank flooring, floor-to-ceiling windows. Bosch washers and dryers, closets with customizable shelving and Nest thermostats. Kitchens come equipped with oak cabinetry, five burner stoves, marble backsplashes and islands.

The development is also anticipating LEED Gold certification.

David Baker Architects was the lead design architect on the project, and was responsible for two of the three mid-rise buildings, while BAR Architects collaborated on the third. Landscaping, done by David Fletcher of Fletcher Studios, includes a paseo packed with 80 different types of foliage.

“Today’s discerning renters in the Bay Area are seeking modern conveniences and highly personalized services and amenities. Mason on Mariposa delivers that and more all within a desirable neighborhood just minutes to downtown and the 101 and 280 freeways, offering easy access to SFO and Silicon Valley,” said Oh. “Specifically, an expansive array of inviting amenity spaces were custom designed by Marmol Radziner to function as residents’ second living rooms and encourage socializing and a community ethos among neighbors…Mason on Mariposa’s collection of tailored residences range from studios to three-bedroom apartments and townhomes, which we believe are perfectly suited for professionals and families who want to stay in the city but desire a bit more space.”

And, the development includes an extensive amenities package. A fireside lobby, co-working space, high-end fitness center, Sky Lounge, demonstration kitchen, a play house ofr children and services offered by Related and Hello Alfred, called Life Simplified, are just a few of the offerings. Life Simplified helps out with in-home tasks, bike storage and pet care. According to Oh, the amenities appeal to tenants and help to set the development apart from other complexes on the market.

“One of Related California’s hallmarks is the extensive suite of amenities and exceptional services we offer to residents,” said Oh. “Amenities at Mason on Mariposa are unmatched and combined with our unprecedented service, separate us in the Bay Area’s ever-evolving real estate market.”

Leasing for the property began in September, although Oh did not disclose how quickly the units have been taken up.

“We look forward to building on the strong momentum in the coming months and welcoming our first move-ins in November,” Oh stated.

Mason on Mariposa is just part of many pipeline assets that Related California is pursuing in San Francisco. According to the firm, Related currently has $2 billion worth of pipeline assets in San Francisco alone, which includes 1,500 residential units, 75,000 square feet of retail and a 460,000 square foot office building which will be owned by the City and County of San Francisco. Related’s other offerings also include The Avery, a luxury residential tower that recently opened in June, The Century, and Ocean Avenue South. Avery 450, the rental component of The Avery, is about 40 percent leased as of the beginning of October, and according to Related represents over 100 leases in 90 days. Related California also has a 9 million square foot master plan in Santa Clara in the works. Called Related Santa Clara, the plan includes office, retail, hotel and residential near the 49ers new stadium. 

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